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48 small dogs locked in cages their whole lives rescued from puppy mill

48 dogs have a brighter future ahead after being rescued from a puppy mill in Tennessee, the United States of America. Animal Rescue Corps was called out to assist Gibson County Sheriff’s Department after the dogs were found living in horrendous conditions at the breeding facility in Gibson County, located about two hours west of Nashville.

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The dogs were living in their own urine and feces and in various stages of neglect, which violated both state and local animal cruelty codes.

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“5 small dogs were found stacked in cages with piles of urine soaked feces, as well as three large dogs roaming loose on the property. Two dead dogs were also found on the property; one in a cage with two other dogs which the property owner indicated she had known about for some time,” Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) said in a press release. “The property owner, who breeds and sells dogs, is being charged with 50 counts of animal cruelty.”

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“These dogs have been locked in a cage their whole lives and forced to have litter after litter.” said ARC President Scotlund Haisley. “They have never known what it’s like to be a dog. Most of them have  never felt the ground beneath their feet or a kind touch.”

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The various breeds found include; Chihuahuas, Yorkshire Terriers, Boston Terriers, Maltese, Shih-Tzus, Poodles and Brussels Griffon. Many of the animals were found without access to food or water, some exposed to the elements without shade of any kind.

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Adult dogs and puppies exhibited signs of severe and chronic neglect. Some were emaciated; others had mange and other parasites among other ailments.

 Dubbed Operation Summer Saves, Animal Rescue Corps took the dogs to an emergency shelter. Many have now moved on to various shelters and rescue partners.

Take a look at the link here for a list of the rescues where the dogs will be available for adoption.

Source: http://www.dogheirs.com/tamara/posts/7298-48-small-dogs-locked-in-cages-their-whole-lives-rescued-from-puppy-mill

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